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post #11 of 15 Old 07-18-2010, 05:14 PM
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We have had lots of horss shocked for different injuries, including suspensory. I think the results were good, but it can be costly and for us involved shipping the horse to the clinic rather than having the vet come to us. Ultrasound therapy, magnets, ceramics and different forms of aqua therapy(hoses, jets and especially swimming) have also yielded good results.
As for long term calmins solutions, have you tried rescue remedy? It works well on horse and human alike. It got me through childbirth unmedicated, so I can vouch that it works to keep you calm! Atravet in granule form works well on some, but I have horses that have been totaly resistant to it. If these long term calmers are not working, maybe talk to your vet about getting him into a water rehab program. Don't know if you have a facility like that around you but there are several here and they are great. The horse swims every day once their injury is healed enough to handle it. It's a great low impact exercise with many benefits.
Good luck, suspensories are a bummer. If you want links to some magnetic/ceramic therapy websites, I'll happily post some for you.

~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-18-2010, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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we arent exactly sure when the injury happpened or what caused it but we think it was due to a farrier that put a lift pad on both front feet when only one foot needed it. before that he looked a little foot sore on hard ground but other than that he was fine and after the lift was put on when he would stand still the foot that didnt need lifted couldnt even strighten, it would just shake because it was like putting high heals on him and he looked crippled so we had a different farrier come take it off and he got a little bit better but not much. thats when we relized something was wrong and took him to the vet. so over about a week of time he went from a little foot sore on hard ground(which is normal) to barley being able to trot on a lunge line because it hurt him so bad, and usually he is lunged before i ride to take the edge off him because hes full of energy but i would put him on the lunge line and he could barley walk
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-18-2010, 08:04 PM
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You need to adjust his diet to compensate for the decreased energy needs. If he's been working, you've likely got him on a diet to provide extra energy for work. Consider going to simply a grass hay and ration balancer while he's on stall rest. This will meet protein, vitamin and mineral requirements without providing lots of extra energy.

And try to provide some mental stimulation while he is stalled. Spending time in just grooming, doing stretching exercises, teaching tricks, etc can really help to prevent boredom and stress. Also having a radio playing, suspending a toy that he can bump from the overhead beams and having a neighbor that he can talk to over the gate can be helpful. But if you do provide a companion, make sure he is calm and that he can't wander too far away or your horse may get upset by his buddy leaving and end up pacing and pawing.

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post #14 of 15 Old 07-18-2010, 08:31 PM
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Race Track Experiences get 'Flex-it' and put him on that. It is glucosamine HCL, calcium, and hydrolyzed collagen. Builds muscles, tendons, etc...... get their Herbal Solution and apply it once a day by spraying it on and rubbing it in. DO NOT WRAP IT Helps healing through increased blood flow and the herbs contained in it.

These two products are tremendous aids.

E. Allan Buck
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-19-2010, 01:52 PM
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A few years ago my mare tore both medial suspensories in her hind legs. Your horse sounds like a big boy, but the stall may be a little too big. In my experience, the more room they have, the more they feel the need to buck and be stupid =P I tried the long-term sedation and it had no effect. She was about 5 and very energetic, I had to ace her every time I hand walked her. Looking back on it now, I wish I would have moved her to a different stall. Every day, she saw all the horses turned out and playing and running, that's when she would start getting excited and bucking and kicking in her stall. If she would have been in a more quiet, secluded setting, I think it would have been easier on her.
I used the shockwave therapy, and it helped immensely. The injury happened in January, and I was walking/trotting her under saddle by the second week of july.
I agree with changing his diet, if you haven't already. He will not need a lot of grain, if any, while he is on stall rest. That won't help your energy problems lol.
Smartpak has a supplement called 'smarttendon' that I started her on and will always keep her on. It has and awesome combination of everything her ligaments need to stay as flexible as possible. Good luck with the recovery!
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